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Sunshine vitamin diminishes risk of colds, flu

People with asthma and other preexisting lung diseases face an especially exaggerated year-round risk from a deficiency

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7:08pm, February 23, 2009

Getting plenty of vitamin D — more than diet can offer — appears to provide potent protection against colds, flu and even pneumonia, a new study reports. Although the amount of protection varies by season, the trend is solid: As the amount of vitamin D circulating in blood climbs, risk of upper respiratory tract infections falls.

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